You can see the LG Optimus 4X HD in its earlier form with our hands-on video at the bottom of this post, however following the handset’s arrival in the UK, we took another look to see what’s changed from the reveal to release of LG’s latest flagship handset.
As you can see we were impressed with the customisability and some of the key additions to the stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich experience brought on by LG’s custom overlay, Optimus UI 3.0. Elements such as Quick Memo, video zooming and adaptable icon widgets were all welcome inclusions that would be nice to see on more Android devices. What’s more, the 4X HD’s 1.5GHz quad-core processor is wholly competent, more than capable of dealing with heavy duty apps and games such as those made available via NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone app.
September 7, 2012
LG have just joined an exclusive club in the mobile space, by bringing the LG Optimus 4X HD to market; one of only a handful of quad-core powered smartphones currently on offer to the masses. Aside from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with its Exynos-powered quad-core chip, the HTC One X with its Tegra 3 quad-core chip and further afield the Meizu MX 4-core quad-core endowed smartphone, the Optimus 4X HD is the only other device likely to go toe-to-toe with these powerhouses.
We’ve already been lucky enough to spend some time with the Optimus 4X HD as LG flaunted it back at Mobile World Congress in February, but now it’s arriving to market and is set to make its UK debut under the wing of Phones 4U, who have now started to take pre-orders for LG’s first quad-core phone. Although the prospect of picking up a sophisticated quad-core handset such as the 4X HD may be appealing on its own merits, the first 50 pre-orders will also receive tickets to the LG Arena on October 12th to see Cheryl Cole perform live on stage. This should give an indication of the target market LG are aiming the 4X HD for, at least here in the UK, which differs from its rivals somewhat.
August 14, 2012
What are its main features?
As we’ve already encountered the LG Optimus 4X HD first hand, we have a clear picture of just what lies beneath its minimalist plastic cladding.
- 4.7-inch HD-IPS LCD (720×1280 pixels) panel
- 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB onboard storage (12GB user accessible)
- microSD support up to 32GB
- 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- WiFi with hotspot functionality
- 3G connectivity
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 2150mAh battery
What operating system LG Optimus 4X HD run?
As with the rest of the quad-core smartphone crop, the Optimus 4X HD takes point as LG’s new flagship and as such runs the latest build of Android Ice Cream Sandwich out-the-box with the latest iteration of LG’s user interface over the top; Optimus UI 3.0. Flagship status typically means that they’re guaranteed at least one significant update, which in this case suggests the HD could well make the jump to Jelly Bean down the line. LG’s current track record is bumpy however and so users may be left waiting a little longer than their quad-core smartphone toting friends.
What are the alternatives?
The most obvious comparisons to draw against the Optimus 4X HD are from the previously mentioned quad-core counterparts; namely the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X and to a lesser extent the Meizu MX 4-core, but in the UK market, the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note may be of interest for the large screen size, or if its resolution with a smaller price tag you’re after, then the Sony Xperia S dishes out a 720p HD display with some of the highest pixel density around as a result of its 4.3-inch display.
How much is the Optimus 4X HD?
Tariffs which include a free handset from Phones 4U start at £20.50 a month on Orange, £21 a month from Vodafone and £21.50 a month on O2, each of these being 24 month contracts. Handset-only prices sit between £350 and £480 depending on the retailer (Clove announced June availability for £456).
Where is the Optimus 4X HD available?
Both Phones 4U and Carphone Warehouse now offer the LG Optimus 4X HD on various tariffs.
When will the Optimus 4X HD launch?
Pre-orders through Phones 4U started to arrive from the 3rd of September, whilst both the stockists mentioned above say that it’s available now.